FILMS I'VE SEEN IN 1998

Titles will be added when they fall off "the last 10 films I've seen." Slashes indicate repeat viewings. The new release section includes 1997 releases that I caught up with this year. All titles are American unless otherwise indicated.


WHAT THE RATINGS MEAN

**** Masterpiece

***1/2 Excellent

*** Pretty good

**1/2 Mediocre but not without merit

** Pretty bad

*1/2 Awful

* A superhuman amount of patience was required to sit through it

0 Walked out


NEW RELEASES

ADDICTED TO LOVE (Griffin Dunne) ** {video}

AFFLICTION (Paul Schrader) ***1/2

/UN AIR DE FAMILLE/ (Cédric Klapisch, France) ***1/2

ANTZ (Eric Darnell/Tim Johnson) **1/2

BABE: PIG IN THE CITY (George Miller, Australia) ***

BASEKETBALL (David Zucker) **1/2

THE BIG LEBOWSKI (Joel Coen) ***

THE BIG ONE (Michael Moore) ***

BILLY'S HOLLYWOOD SCREEN KISS (Tom O'Haver) **

BOX OF MOONLIGHT (Tom DiCillo) {video} **1/2

BROTHER (Alexei Balabanov, Russia) ***1/2

BUFFALO 66 (Vincent Gallo) ***1/2

A BUG'S LIFE (John Lasseter/Andrew Stanton) ***

BULWORTH (Warren Beatty) ***

THE BUTCHER BOY (Neil Jordan, Ireland) *** {video}

THE CELEBRATION (Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark) ***

CENTRAL STATION (Walter Salles, Brazil) **1/2

THE CHAMBERMAID ON THE TITANIC (Bigas Luna, France) ***

CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION (Peter Duncan, Australia) {video} ***

CLOCKWATCHERS (Jill Sprecher) **1/2

/COMRADES: ALMOST A LOVE STORY/ (Peter Chan, Hong Kong) ***1/2

THE CRUISE (Bennett Miller) ***

DIVORCE IRANIAN STYLE (Kim Longinotto/Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Iran/UK) **

EAST PALACE, WEST PALACE (Zhang Yuan, China) ***

THE EEL (Shohei Imamura, Japan) ***

ELIZABETH (Shekhar Kapur, UK) **1/2

/FALLEN ANGELS/ (Wong Kar-Wai, Hong Kong) ****

FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS (Terry Gilliam) ***

FIRST LOVE, LAST RITES (Jesse Peretz) ***

FOUR DAYS IN SEPTEMBER (Bruno Barreto, Brazil) ***

A FRIEND OF THE DECEASED (Vyacheslav Krishtofovich, Ukraine) ***

FULL SPEED (Gael Morel, France) **1/2

FUNNY GAMES (Michael Haneke, Austria) ***

THE GENERAL (John Boorman, Ireland) ***

THE GINGERBREAD MAN (Robert Altman) ***

GODS AND MONSTERS (Bill Condon) **1/2

GONIN (Takashi Ishii, Japan) *1/2

GOOD WILL HUNTING (Gus Van Sant) **

HAPPINESS (Todd Solondz) ***1/2

HARD CORE LOGO (Bruce McDonald, Canada) ***

HAV PLENTY (Christopher Scott Cherot) ***

HE GOT GAME (Spike Lee) **1/2

HENRY FOOL (Hal Hartley) ***

I MARRIED A STRANGE PERSON (Bill Plympton) **1/2

THE IMPOSTORS (Stanley Tucci) **1/2

THE INHERITORS (Stefan Ruzowitsky, Australia) ***

INSOMNIA (Erik Sjoldbjaerg, Norway) **1/2

I WENT DOWN (Paddy Breathnach, Ireland) **

JACKIE BROWN (Quentin Tarantino) ***

/THE KINGDOM 2/ (Lars von Trier/Morten Arnfred, Denmark) ***

KNOCK OFF (Tsui Hark, USA/Hong Kong) **

KUNDUN (Martin Scorsese) ***1/2

THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO (Whit Stillman) *** {video}

THE LEADING MAN (John Duigan, UK) {video} **1/2

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL (Roberto Benigni, Italy)

/LIVE FLESH/ (Pedro Almodovar, Spain) ***

LIVING OUT LOUD (Richard LaGravenese) **

LOLITA (Adrian Lyne) ***

LOVE IS THE DEVIL (John Maybury, UK) **1/2

MAFIA! (Jim Abrahams) **

MARIUS AND JEANETTE (Robert Guediguian, France) **1/2

MOTHER AND SON (Alexander Sokurov, Russia) ***

MR. JEALOUSY (Noah Baumbach) ***

THE NEWTON BOYS (Richard Linklater) {video} ***

NEXT STOP, WONDERLAND (Brad Anderson) *1/2

NIL BY MOUTH (Gary Oldman, UK) ***

THE OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION (Nicholas Hytner) **

THE OPPOSITE OF SEX (Don Roos) ***

OSCAR AND LUCINDA (Gillian Armstrong, Australia) **1/2

THE OYSTER AND THE WIND (Walter Lima Jr., Brazil) **

PECKER (John Waters) **

PI (Darren Aronofsky) **1/2

PLEASANTVILLE (Gary Ross) **1/2

POLISH WEDDING (Theresa Connelly) **

RONIN (John Frankenheimer) **1/2

ROUNDERS (John Dahl) **1/2

RUSHMORE (Wes Anderson) ***1/2

SAFE MEN (John Hamburg) **

THE SALTMEN OF TIBET (Ulrike Koch, Germany/China) **

SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (Steven Spielberg) ***

SEE THE SEA (François Ozon, France) ***1/2

LA SENTINELLE (Arnaud Desplechin, France) ***

LA SEPARATION (Christian Vincént, France) **1/2

SEVENTH HEAVEN (Benoit Jacquot, France) ***

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (John Madden, UK) *1/2

SHATTERED IMAGE (Raul Ruiz) ***1/2

A SIMPLE PLAN (Sam Raimi) ***1/2

SLUMS OF BEVERLY HILLS (Tamra Jenkins) **

SMALL SOLDIERS (Joe Dante) ***

SONATINE (Takeshi Kitano, Japan) ***1/2 {video}

STEAM (Ferzan Ozpetek, Turkey/Italy) **1/2

STOREFRONT HITCHCOCK (Jonathan Demme) ***

SUE (Amos Kollek) ***

A SUMMER DRESS (François Ozon, France) *** {short}

THE SWINDLE (Claude Chabrol, France) **1/2

/TASTE OF CHERRY/ (Abbas Kiarostami, Iran) ****

TELLING LIES IN AMERICA (Guy Ferland) **1/2 {video}

THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY (Bobby and Peter Farrelly) **1/2

THE TRUMAN SHOW (Peter Weir) ***1/2

TWILIGHT (Robert Benton) ***

UNMADE BEDS (Nicholas Barker) ***1/2

UNDER THE SKIN (Carine Adler, UK) ***

VELVET GOLDMINE (Todd Haynes) **1/2

VILLAGE OF DREAMS (Yoichi Higashi, Japan) **1/2

WAG THE DOG (Barry Levinson) ***

WESTERN (Manuel Poirier, France) ***

WILD THINGS (John McNaughton) *1/2

WILDE (Brian Gilbert, UK) **1/2

YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS (Neil LaBute) ***

THE X-FILES: FIGHT THE FUTURE (Rob Bowman) **1/2

ZERO EFFECT (Jake Kasdan) **1/2


These are recent (1995-8) films that I caught up with at festivals, retrospectives or advance screenings. Some of them may be released in 1999.

NOT IN COMMERCIAL RELEASE

AMERICAN JOB (Chris Smith) ***

AM I BEAUTIFUL? (Doris Dorrie, Germany) **

THE APPLE (Samira Makhmalbaf, Iran) **1/2

AVANT-GARDE PROGRAM #1 @ NYFF: ALONE: LIFE WASTES ANDY HARDY (Martin Arnold, Austria) {short}, KORRIDOR (Dietmar Brehm) {short, }ARRIVAL (1997A) (Steve Polta) {short}, VARIATIONS (Nathaniel Dorsky) {short}, GLASS: MEMORIES OF WATER #25 (Leighton Pierce) {short}, JULIO EN CHAPALA (Bruce Baillie) {short}

BIRTH OF A NATION (Jonas Mekas) ***

BLACK CAT, WHITE CAT (Emir Kusturica, Yugoslavia) ***

BOOK OF LIFE (Hal Hartley) ***

THE DREAM LIFE OF ANGELS (Erick Zonca, France) **1/2

DRIFTING CLOUDS (Aki Kaurismaki, Finland) ***

DRY CLEANING (Anne Fontaine, France) ***

... (reels 2 & 3), SPARE LEAVES FOR GORDON {short}, FEMALE MYSTIQUE {short}, SELF SONG {short} & DEATH SONG {short} (Stan Brakhage) ***

FLAT IS BEAUTIFUL (Sadie Benning) *** {video}

THE FLOWERS OF SHANGHAI (Hou Hsaio-Hsien, Taiwan) ***1/2

FOR DANIEL (Ernie Gehr) ***

HISTOIRE(S) DU CINEMA: THE CURRENCY OF THE ABSOLUTE/THE CONTROL OF THE UNIVERSE (Jean-Luc Godard, France) ***1/2

HONEYMOON (Dan Sallitt) ***

IN THE PRESENCE OF A CLOWN (Ingmar Bergman, Sweden) {video} ***

LATE AUGUST, EARLY SEPTEMBER (Olivier Assayas, France) **1/2

LEILA (Dariush Mehrjui, Iran) ***1/2

LIFE ON EARTH (Abderrhamane Sissako, Mali) **1/2

THE MIRROR (Jafar Panahi, Iran) ***

MOEBIUS (Gustavo Mosquera et al., Argentina) ***

THE PEAR TREE (Dariush Mehrjui, Iran) no stars

RIVER OF GOLD (Paulo Rocha, Portugal) *

ROTHSCHILD'S VIOLIN (Edgardo Cozarinsky, France/Russia) ***

THE SLEEP OF HEROES (Sergio Renan, Argentina) ***

VASKA (Péter Gothar, Hungary/Russia) ***1/2

YOM YOM (Amos Gitai, Israel) **1/2

YOU'RE LAUGHING (Paolo & Vittorio Taviani, Italy) ***


OLDER FILMS

ADAM'S RIB (Vyacheslav Krishtofovich, Ukraine, 1991) {video}

THE AGE OF DAYDREAMING (Istvan Szabo, Hungary, 1964)

LES AILES DE LA COLOMBE (Benoit Jacquot, France/Italy, 1980) {video}

ALEXANDRIA WHY? (Youssef Chahine, Egypt, 1978)

/ALICE IN THE CITIES/ (Wim Wenders, West Germany, 1974) {video}

ALL I DESIRE (Douglas Sirk, 1953)

ALL THE MORNINGS OF THE WORLD (Alain Corneau, France) {video}

AMARCORD (Federico Fellini, Italy, 1974) {video}

ANGI VERA (Pal Gabor, Hungary, 1978)

ANTONIO DAS MORTES (Glauber Rocha, Brazil, 1969)

THE APARTMENT (Billy Wilder, 1960)

/L'AVVENTURA/ (Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy, 1960)

THE BALLAD OF NARAYAMA (Shohei Imamura, Japan, 1983)

BATTLE HYMN (Douglas Sirk, 1957) {video}

THE BIG CLOCK (John Farrow, 1948)

THE BLACK CAT (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1934)

BLONDE VENUS (Josef von Sternberg, 1932) {video}

BLOW-UP (Michelangelo Antonioni, UK, 1966)

THE BLUE DAHLIA (George Marshall, 1946)

THE BOYS IN THE BAND (William Friedkin, 1970)

BRANDED TO KILL (Suzuki Seijin, Japan, 1967) {video}

/BRAZIL {European cut} / (Terry Gilliam, UK, 1985)

BREEZY (Clint Eastwood, 1973) {video}

THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (James Whale, 1935)

CESAR AND ROSALIE (Claude Sautet, France, 1972) {video}

CHAN IS MISSING (Wayne Wang, 1981) {video}

THE CHAPLIN REVUE: (IT'S A DOG LIFE, 1918/SHOULDER ARMS, 1918/THE PILGRIM, 1923) (Charlie Chaplin)

A CHILD IS WAITING (Jon Cassevetes, 1963)

CHINA IS NEAR (Marco Bellocchio, Italy, 1967) {video}

THE CHOICE (Youssef Chahine, Egypt, 1970)

CHOICE OF ARMS (Alain Corneau, France, 1981) {video}

CHRISTMAS IN JULY (Preston Sturges, 1940)

/CITIZEN KANE/ (Orson Welles, 1941)

THE CONNECTION (Shirley Clarke, 1961)

THE CONSPIRATORS (Joaquim Pedro de Andrade, Brazil, 1972)

THE COW (Dariush Mehrjui, Iran, 1969)

THE CRAZY RAY (René Clair, France, 1923)

CRISS CROSS (Robert Siodmak, 1949)

THE CYCLE (Dariush Mehrjui, Iran, 1974)

DAYS OF '36 (Theo Angelopolous, Greece, 1972) {video}

/DECALOGUE 1-4/ (Krzysztof Kieslowski, Poland, 1988)

/DEFENDING YOUR LIFE/ (Albert Brooks, 1991) {video}

DESIGNING WOMAN (Vincente Minnelli, 1957)

DESK SET (Walter Lang, 1957)

THE DISENCHANTED (Benoit Jacquot, France, 1990)

/DON'T LOOK BACK/ (D.A. Pennebaker, 1967)

/DON'T LOOK NOW/ (Nicholas Roeg, 1973)

/DOWN BY LAW/ (Jim Jarmusch, 1986)

DO YOU REMEMBER DOLLY BELL? (Emir Kusturica, Yugoslavia, 1981) {video}

DRACULA'S DAUGHTER (Lambert Hillyer, 1936)

DRAGON INN (King Hu, Taiwan, 1967)

ECHOES OF SILENCE (Peter Emmanuel Goldman, 1965)

EL DORADO (Howard Hawks, 1966) {video}

ELENA AND HER MEN (Jean Renoir, France, 1956)

THE ELUSIVE PIMPERNEL (Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger, UK, 1950) {video}

ESTHER (Amos Gitai, Israel, 1985)

/EUROPA, EUROPA/ (Agnieszka Holland, Germany, 1991) {video}

/EXOTICA/ (Atom Egoyan, Canada, 1994) {video}

FANNY & ALEXANDER (Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 1983) {video}

/FAST, CHEAP & OUT OF CONTROL (Errol Morris, 1997) {video}

FIXED BAYONETS (Samuel Fuller, 1951) {video}

FORTY GUNS (Samuel Fuller, 1957)

FRAMEUP (Jon Jost, 1993) {video}

FRANKENSTEIN (James Whale, 1931)

FRENCH CANCAN (Jean Renoir, France, 1955)

/GLORIA/ (John Cassavetes, 1980)

THE GOLD OF NAPLES (Vittorio de Sica, Italy, 1954)

THE GOLD RUSH sound version (Charlie Chaplin, 1925/42)

GREASE (Randal Kleiser, 1978)

THE GREAT DICTATOR (Charlie Chaplin, 1940)

THE GREAT MCGINTY (Preston Sturges, 1940)

GREY GARDENS (Albert & David Maysles, 1976)

IL GRIDO (Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy, 1957)

HAMOON (Dariush Mehrjui, Iran, 1990) {video}

HAPPINESS (Alexander Medvedkin, USSR, 1932) {video}

HAS ANYBODY SEEN MY GAL? (Douglas Sirk, 1952) {video}

HISTOIRE(S) DU CINEMA: ONLY CINEMA/DEADLY BEAUTY (Jean-Luc Godard, France) {video}

HONKYTONK MAN (Clint Eastwood, 1980) {video}

HOUSE OF BAMBOO (Sam Fuller, 1955)

HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY (John Ford, 1948) {video}

A HUNGARIAN FAIRY TALE (Gyula Gazdag, Hungary, 1987)

/IDENTIFICATION OF A WOMAN/ (Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy, 1982)

ILS ETAIENT NEUF CELIBATAIRES (Sacha Guitry, France, 1939) {video}

INDIA (Roberto Rossellini, India/Italy, 1958)

THE INSECT WOMAN (Shohei Imamura, Japan, 1963)

THE INVISIBLE MAN (James Whale, 1933)

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (Frank Capra, 1934) {video}

JEANNE DIELMAN (Chantal Akerman, Belgium, 1975)

JOAN OF ARC AT THE STAKE (Roberto Rossellini, Italy, 1954)

THE KID (Charlie Chaplin, 1921)

/THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE/ (John Cassavetes, 1976)

/THE KINGDOM/ (Lars von Trier, Denmark, 1995) {video}

THE KOUMIKO MYSTERY (Chris Marker, Japan/France, 1964) {video}

/THE LADY EVE/ (Preston Sturges, 1941)

/THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI/ (Orson Welles, 1948)

THE LAST PICTURE SHOW (Peter Bogdanovich, 1971) {video}

LAZYBONES (Frank Borzage, 1925)

THE LEFT-HANDED GUN (Arthur Penn, 1957) {video}

LIFE AND DEATH (Ying Yungwei, China, 1936)

LIMELIGHT (Charlie Chaplin, 1952)

THE LITTLE CRIMINAL (Jacques Doillon, France, 1990) {video}

THE LITTLE THEATER OF JEAN RENOIR (Jean Renoir, France, 1969) {video}

/LIVING IN OBLIVION/ (Tom DiCillo, 1995) {video}

LOLA (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany, 1981) {video}

LONG LIVE THE REPUBLIC (Karel Kachyna, Czechoslovakia, 1965)

LOVE (Karoly Makk, Hungary, 1970)

THE MAGICIAN (Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 1958) {video}

A MAN VANISHES (Shohei Imamura, Japan, 1967)

MEMORIES OF PRISON (Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Brazil, 1983)

/MIKEY AND NICKY/ (Elaine May, 1976)

/MY NIGHT AT MAUD'S/ (Eric Rohmer, France, 1969)

NAKED CHILDHOOD (Maurice Pialat, France, 1968)

THE NAKED DAWN (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1955)

A NEW LEAF (Elaine May, 1971) {video}

NIGHTS OF CABIRIA (Federico Fellini, Italy, 1957)

NOISES OFF (Peter Bogdanovich, 1992) {video}

/THE PALM BEACH STORY/ (Preston Sturges, 1942)

PANDORA'S BOX (G. W. Pabst, Germany, 1928)

PAPER MOON (Peter Bogdanovich, 1973) {video}

THE PARADINE CASE (Alfred Hitchcock, UK, 1948) {video}

THE PARSON'S WIDOW (Carl Dreyer, Denmark, 1921)

/PEEPING TOM/ (Michael Powell, 1960)

THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (George Cukor, 1940) {video}

/PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK/ (Peter Weir, 1978)

PIGS AND BATTLESHIPS (Shohei Imamura, Japan, 1961)

PIXOTE (Hector Babenco, Brazil, 1981)

POINT BLANK (John Boorman, 1967)

/POISON/ (Todd Haynes, 1990)

THE PROFOUND DESIRE OF THE GODS (Shohei Imamura, Japan, 1968)

THE RAIN PEOPLE (Francis Ford Copppola, 1969) {video}

THE REALM OF FORTUNE (Arturo Ripstein, Mexico, 1985)

/RED/ (Krzysztof Kieslowski, Switzerland, 1994) {video}

THE RED AND THE WHITE (Miklos Jançso, Hungary, 1967)

/RED DESERT/ (Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy, 1964)

THE RITZ (Richard Lester, 1976)

RUTHLESS (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1948)

ST. MICHAEL HAD A ROOSTER (Paolo & Vittorio Taviani, Italy, 1971) {video}

A SCANDAL IN PARIS (Douglas Sirk, 1945)

/SCENE OF THE CRIME/ (André Techiné, France, 1986)

SEE HOW THEY FALL (Jacques Audiard, France, 1994)

THE SEVENTH SEAL (Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 1956) {video}

THE SEVEN-YEAR ITCH (Billy Wilder, 1955)

SHIFT (Ernie Gehr, 1972-74) {short}, FIELD (Ernie Gehr, 1970) {short}, TRANSPARENCY (Ernie Gehr, 1969) {short}, REVERBERATION (Ernie Gehr, 1969) {short}, WAIT (Ernie Gehr, 1968) {short}, MORNING (Ernie Gehr, 1968) {short}

/SHOCK CORRIDOR/ (Sam Fuller, 1963)

THE SIXTH DAY (Youssef Chahine, Egypt, 1986) {video}

SOIGNE TA DROITE (Jean-Luc Godard, France, 1987) {video}

THE SOLID GOLD CADILLAC (Richard Quine, 1956)

SOME CAME RUNNING (Vincente Minnelli, 1958)

STOLEN CHILDREN (Gianni Amelio, Italy, 1992) {video}

STORY OF A LOVE AFFAIR (Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy, 1950)

STRIKE (Sergei Eisenstein, USSR, 1924)

TEARS OF A MOTHER (Zhu Shilin, China, 1937)

/TERRA EM TRANSE/ (Glauber Rocha, Brazil, 1967)

TEXASVILLE (Peter Bogdanovich, 1990) {video}

THIS GUN FOR HIRE (Frank Tuttle, 1942)

THREE SONGS ABOUT LENIN (Dziga Vertov, USSR, 1934)

/TIME STANDS STILL/ (Péter Gothar, Hungary, 1982)

TO CATCH A THIEF (Alfred Hitchcock, 1955) {video}

TOM, TOM, THE PIPERS' SON (Ken Jacobs, 1969)

/TOUCH OF EVIL (restoration)/ (Orson Welles, 1958)

TRAFFIC (Jacques Tati, France, 1971) {video}

/TRUST/ (Hal Hartley, 1991) {video}

/THE UNBELIEVABLE TRUTH/ (Hal Hartley, 1989)

UN NOMME LAROCCA (Jean Becker, France, 1961) {video}

/UP IN SMOKE/ (Lou Adler, 1978) {video}

Various shorts (Kenneth Anger)

Various shorts (Brothers Quay)

Various shorts (Pat O'Neill)

VENGEANCE IS MINE (Shohei Imamura, Japan, 1979)

WHAT'S UP, DOC? (Peter Bogdanovich, 1972) {video}

WHEN JOSEPH RETURNS (Zsolt Kezdi-Kovacs, Hungary, 1975)

/THE WILD REEDS/ (André Téchiné, France, 1994) {video}

/WINDOW SHOPPING/ (Chantal Akerman, Belgium/France, 1986)

WOMAN OF THE PORT (Arturo Ripstein, Mexico, 1991)

THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT (Jacques Demy, France, 1967)

/ZABRISKIE POINT/ (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1970)